OSM Scout Server

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OSM Scout Server is a native offline maps provider. This server can be used as a drop-in replacement for online map services providing map tiles, search, and routing. As a result, together with the map client, a full offline solution is available for map search and navigation (car, bicycle, and walking).

The server can be used to provide:

  • map tiles for other applications;
  • search for locations and free text search;
  • search for POIs next to a reference;
  • calculate the route between two or more locations.

To use the server, you have to start it and configure the client to access it. Poor Maps and modRana have support for the server already with no additional configuration needed.

NB! For SFOS < 4.1 users - starting from 2.0.2 release, SFOS is required for the builds published at OpenRepos. For older SFOS, please use OBS.

OBS: https://build.merproject.org/project/show/home:rinigus:maps




Specific update instructions:

1.15.0 Valhalla database format has been updated. Please update maps after installation.

1.14.3 I suggest to uninstall old version of the server, check if anything stayed in /usr/share/harbour-osmscout-server and if that folder is there and/or not empty, remove it using devel-su. After that, install a new version (1.14.3 and up).

NB! When Mapbox GL schema is changed (as for 1.4.0), please remove Mapbox GL application caches.

NB! When a new backend is added, such as with the release of 0.9.0 and 0.10.0, please ensure that you have subscription information updated. For that, in Map Manager, click on "Check for updates", decline updates, and unsubscribe/subscribe each territory that you have subscribed. After that, proceed with the downloads. This is not needed if you don't want to use the added backend(s).

For detailed up-to-date description, please see https://github.com/rinigus/osmscout-server/blob/master/README.md

License: GPL
Source code: https://github.com/rinigus/osmscout-server

User's guide: https://rinigus.github.io/osmscout-server

Official TMO thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=97823

Donations: https://rinigus.github.io/donate

Screenshots show the running server and, as an example client application, Poor Maps accessing the map tiles and calculated route prior to navigation.

Maps are hosted by Natural Language Processing Centre (https://nlp.fi.muni.cz/en/ , Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) through modRana (http://modrana.org)
data repository.

Map data from OpenStreetMap, Open Database License 1.0. Maps are converted to a suitable format from downloaded extracts and/or using polygons as provided by Geofabrik GmbH.

Application versions: 
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.13.1-1.107.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm11.67 MB01/02/2019 - 00:01
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.13.1-1.107.1.jolla_.i486.rpm12.65 MB01/02/2019 - 00:01
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.14.5-1.116.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm5.82 MB23/05/2019 - 08:04
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.14.5-1.116.1.jolla_.i486.rpm6.61 MB23/05/2019 - 08:04
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.0-1.119.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.17 MB22/09/2019 - 08:29
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.0-1.119.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.01 MB22/09/2019 - 08:29
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.5-1.120.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.18 MB29/10/2019 - 23:45
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.5-1.120.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.01 MB29/10/2019 - 23:45
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.6-1.125.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.68 MB30/11/2019 - 16:09
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.15.6-1.125.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.58 MB30/11/2019 - 16:09
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.0-1.127.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.65 MB23/01/2020 - 19:32
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.0-1.127.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.72 MB23/01/2020 - 19:32
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.1-1.129.1.jolla_.i486.rpm8.25 MB07/05/2020 - 20:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.16.1-1.129.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.97 MB07/05/2020 - 20:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.0-1.132.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.97 MB25/07/2020 - 19:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.0-1.132.1.jolla_.i486.rpm8.25 MB25/07/2020 - 19:39
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.1-1.135.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm7.14 MB20/11/2020 - 22:18
File harbour-osmscout-server-1.17.1-1.135.2.jolla_.i486.rpm8.43 MB23/11/2020 - 22:23
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.0-1.137.1.jolla_.i486.rpm7.97 MB29/03/2021 - 22:50
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.0-1.137.1.jolla_.armv7hl.rpm6.78 MB29/03/2021 - 22:50
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.1-1.aarch64.rpm6.93 MB16/04/2021 - 21:28
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.2-1.aarch64.rpm6.93 MB16/05/2021 - 21:49
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm6.79 MB16/05/2021 - 21:49
File harbour-osmscout-server-2.0.2-1.i486.rpm7.99 MB17/05/2021 - 17:43


carmenfdezb's picture

The same for me

hesep's picture

Ok. Thanks

hesep's picture

Pure Maps and ofline maps on Scout Server are a nice combo. After SFOS update tu 3.0.3 I need to tap Scout Server running to get connection to it with Pure Maps. Not a big problem but earlier I needed open only Pure Maps.

olf's picture
ferlanero's picture

Thank you for your great effort. OSM Scout Server and Pure Maps are my main navigation system actually.

rinigus's picture

Bugfix release is out - should work now

ferlanero's picture

Yes!! Now it works as expected! Thank you very much for your quick fix!

ferlanero's picture

I can't start OSM Scout Server in last version. It says I "haven't got installed OSM Scout Server: Fonts" and I do.

rinigus's picture

Thanks for reporting! I can reproduce the issue - let me look into it

247's picture

Yes, does it start

rinigus's picture

There have been some messages at TMO regarding similar(?) issue. I'll reply in that official thread.

247's picture

Hi rinigus, noticed osmscout is not able to calculate routes anymore in 3.0.3, pure maps is able to follow me but not to calculate routes so i guess it's a osmscout problem

rinigus's picture

Can you try to run the server as an application? Does it start in 3.0.3?

dirksche's picture

Thanks.That would be great.

dirksche's picture

Thank you for this application. It's just great. I use it together with PureMaps. Just a little question: is there any offline map (germany) that shows railway stations? Thunderforest offline would be great.

rinigus's picture

I will have to make specific style for highligting public transport using the same data as currently used on the maps. Have been busy with Pure Maps lately, but will get to the server development at some point (don't want to use soon in this context)

elastic's picture

Hi ringus, many thanks for your apps! One little question: is it (or will it be sometimes) possible to use vector maps from other sources like openandromaps (the best maps for hiking) many thanks again

rinigus's picture

Please see https://github.com/rinigus/osmscout-server/issues/297 . Its possible, but right now its hard to find time for it due to the other issues in front of the queue.

elastic's picture

OK, thanks -  easiest for users would be just a import feature - no idea how much work that means on the dev side ... 

rinigus's picture

due to selected backends, it way complicated. but if implemented, the easiest for users would be just download, wouldn't it? :)

ljutica's picture


Wifi - i can't download, big problems

4G - 2 country I've download ( cca 400 mb, and cca 900 mb)

Because of the price, I would prefer wifi ......

rinigus's picture

OK, it maybe some problem with the Sailfish port for your device. I don't see how otherwise camera could be influenced as well as why wifi wouldn't work while 4G does. Please ask for help from your port maintainer (XDA or #sailfishos-porters).

rinigus's picture

Camera interaction is strange, no idea where that's coming from. Let's try the following : put the phone on charger and try to download while on charger. This will prevent phone going to sleep and may help us. If its insufficient, try to move away current folder, make a new one and start with some small territory (download while on charger). Let me know how it goes. Also check the logs of the server (shown on the main screen), maybe we can get some info from there.

ljutica's picture

I used new folder, Azores 54 mb size, same thing happened.

When you wrote check logs of the server - did you think about this :



Im downloading with wifi - not over network -3G,4G...


Il try clean install sailfish, then basic software (email...) then pure maps, server scout.

rinigus's picture

Logs are shown on the first screen of the server. See the first screenshot at openrepos, under events section.

rinigus's picture

That's new, don't remember seeing such error. Can you please check permissions for that folder by creating a folder inside it with the file manager, for example. In addition, how much free space do you have?

ljutica's picture

Permisions looks god (I've used Maps.OSM-default option):


I create folder and there was no problem:




When I release a download, after a while, it shows that message. I try to start the camera, the screen is black and I can not switch to the front camera. Can not use video capture. I reset the phone all ok, until I start downloading the maps.


Used 2,7 gb, free space 20 gb.

ljutica's picture

Several times clean install of sailfish os v - Xiaomi redmi note 4 global version

Every time I try to download a country map I get this error:



I'm installing to memory from the phone . I do not understand what the mistake is.

scanner's picture

on the tablet i can not install version 1.12. - storeman does not see it. manual install hangs (turns forever). but also existing version 1.11 does not start.

i just updated to sailfish 3. but it did not work before also.

rinigus's picture

have you tried pkcon refresh?